100 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art in Picture Books - From Dada to New Painting

The International Library of Children's Literature (ILCL) will hold an exhibition titled 100 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art in Picture Books - From Dada to New Painting from October 1, 2019 to January 19, 2020.

Lately, the visual expressivity of picture books has been gathering attention and there is a trend toward exploring picture books as a kind of artwork. Responding to that, the ILCL will introduce Japanese and international picture books from an artistic point of view, mainly focusing on innovation and creation in the 20th century.

This exhibition features the relationship between modern and contemporary art - from Dada and Surrealism in the early 20th century to various art movements after World War II - and picture books.

Examples of the books on display

From the left:

  • Багаж, written by Samuil Marshak, illustrated by Vladimir Lebedev, translated by Wakana Kono, Tankosha 2004
  • Aoi sora, illustrated by Josef Čapek, written by František Hrubín, translated by Hiroko Ide, Kaiseisha 1979
  • Aokun to kiirochan, written and illustrated by Leo Lionni, translated by Tamao Fujita, Shikosha 1981
  • Hoshiko : Hoshi wo motsu uma, written by Taichi Kato, illustrated by Shigeaki Hayakawa, Doshinsha 2006
100 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art in Picture Books - From Dada to New Painting
Date First period: from October 1, 2019 (Tue.) to November 17, 2019 (Sun.)
Second period: from November 19, 2019 (Tue.) to January 19, 2020 (Sun.)
Closed Mondays, National holidays, the year-end and New year's holidays and the third Wednesday of every month (for refiling)
Hours 9:30 - 17:00
Venue 3F Museum, Brick Building, International Library of Children's Literature (Ueno Park) [ACCESS]
Admission Free